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Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant (DY) Chandrachud takes oath as the 50th Chief Justice of India

Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant (DY) Chandrachud took oath as the 50th Chief Justice of India (CJI). He will have a tenure of two years as CJI and demit office on November 10, 2024.

How Chief justice of India is selected?

  • The Chief Justice of India is appointed by the President under the Article 124(2) of the constitution on the advice of the Prime Minister.
  • The process starts with  the retiring CJI proposes his successor. The suggestion is forwarded by the Union Law Minister to the Prime Minister, who then advises the President.

Major judgements related to Chief Justice appointment process

  • Second Judges Case (1993): the Supreme Court declared that the CJI should be selected only by the Supreme Court’s senior-most judge.
  • Third Judges case (1998): the Supreme Court declared that the Chief Justice of India’s consultation procedure necessitates “consultation with a plurality of judges.” As a result a collegium is formed which has present Chief Justice and 3 senior most judge.

Important Facts about Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant (DY) Chandrachud

  1. He is the 50th Chief Justice of India
  2. He is the son of Yeshwant Vishnu Chandrachud who was the 16th Chief Justice of India. YV Chandrachud was the longest serving Chief Justice of India.
  3. He was on the bench of the following important cases:
    1. Right to privacy is a constitutionally guaranteed right under Justice K. S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) and Anr. vs Union Of India And Ors.
    2. Terming dissent as “the safety valve of democracy
    3. Sabrimala Case in favour of women.
    4. n Joseph Shine v Union of India he authored a concurring judgment declaring the provision of the Indian Penal Code which concerned the adultery law in India unconstitutional.
  4. He was the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court
  5. He was the Chairman of NALSA before he became the Chief Justice of India.

Who undertakes the oath of the Chief Justice of India?

President

What is the retirement age of Chief Justice of India?

65 years

What are the qualifications of chief Justice of India?

  1. He/she must be an Indian citizen.
  2. He/she must have served as a judge of a High Court (or High Courts in succession) for at least five years, or he/she must have served as an advocate of a High Court (or High Courts in succession) for at least ten years, or he/she must be a distinguished jurist in the president’s judgment.

Who was the previous Chief Justice of India?

U U Lalit

What is the salary of Chief Justice of India?

2,80,000 under Article 125 of the constitution.

What is the total strength of Supreme Court?

34

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